Logging by Rail in Algonquin Park DVD: The Fassett Lumber Corporation’s Fossmill, Ontario Operation. Circa 1930

By Doug & Paul Mackey
60 Min. Archival film

[$Can 29.95
][View Cart]


In the early 1930’s the Fassett Lumber Corp. made a promotional film of their operation inside of Algonquin Provincial Park and at Fossmill in Chisholm Township east of Powassan, Ontario. Rare, professionally shot film tells the complete story of the cutting and hauling of trees by the men, horses, and the Fossmill railroad, as well as the mill operation from the hot pond to the shipping of the lumber. Included are scenes of working Shay logging locomotives, Barnhart log loaders, and the interior of the mill. This is a video version of this film.

Narration, authentic sounds, 1920’s and 30’s music, and over 50  photographs explaining the history of the company have been added.  Also included in the DVD extras is a “Past Forward Afterthought-The Fossmill Railway” where the train and loader shots from the film are repeated with only sound effects, just for train lovers.

DVD Extras
1.The Fossmill Railway
2.TV news report
3.TV Interview with producer
Doug Mackey
4.Music from the video accompanied by photos from the Past Forward collection.

This DVD compliments the book THE FOSSMILL STORY which tells the story of the village and people of Fossmill as well as providing more detail on the logging, railway, and sawmill operations...More


"I enjoyed this video. It shows logging from the woods to the mill, and on to the market. It is must viewing for any logging enthusiast." -  Bob Brown. Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette (full review)

"...one of those gems that tells a great deal about logging methods in a compact package...(the) reuse of the spectacular black and white video replete with steam plumes filling the cold winter air was a brilliant idea." - Tall Timber Short Lines (full review)

"What an amazing discovery! This old film is by far the best I've seen on the horse-logging days...these are real lumberjacks doing a real days work." - Logging History Author John Macfie

"The review panel couldn't contain its enthusiasm, babbling through the first showing and then watching again to see what we had missed." - Canadian Railway Modeler (full review)

"Strongly recommended" - Canadian Review of Materials (full review)

"Totally absorbing" - Branchline, Canada's Rail Newsmagazine ( full review)

"This footage makes a strong contribution to our knowledge of early lumbering practices and techniques. Machines no longer stay idle, but are seen in full operation thereby giving viewers a better understanding of the manner of their operation and the conditions under which the operators worked." - North Bay Area Museum

[$Can 29.95
][View Cart]